Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Dark side of Hollywood in the Hub?

It's the day after the week-long shoot for "The Surrogates" and South Street--the epicenter of Hollywood East which served as the location for a slew of in-production movies including the Kate Hudson flick "Bride Wars"--looks like a post-apocalyptic war zone.

No, I'm not referring to the futuristic set for the sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Willis. Instead, the aftermath of "The Surrogates" shoot looks like all hell broke loose overnight.

Trash litters the streets. Thousands of cigarette butts were flicked on the sidewalks. One parent, obviously annoyed by the commotion during the filming on Tuesday, July 15 taped up signs on her child's window that read: "Please Do Not Lean/Touch Window! Baby Sleeping!"

My question: Is it worth it?

Sure, it's exciting and all and the economic stimulus it brings to the area sounds good on paper. And, to set the record straight, a cleaning crew spent all day picking up the mess on South Street. But, as someone who had to work in the center of all of the madness, the shoot became a daily ritual of being confronted by the set's production assistants who would stop me in my path as I tried to leave my office for lunch. Other people who live and work on South Street had similar horror stories when members of the film crew literally blocked them from getting to their car to leave for the day.

When reports surfaced that a Roslindale man expressed disdain over the filming of Mel Gibson's next movie, "Edge of Darkness," near his home on Bradfield Street, I nodded my head in silent agreement.

More movie shoots in Boston? I think I'll wait until they come out on DVD.


pizzaman said...

There will always be people who gripe about the slightest inconvenience no matter how short its duration.

Life is full of inconveniences and the gripers should just learn to deal with them.

Interruptions of your routine are GOOD for you. They make life more interesting -- more exciting.

Anonymous said...

If you compare the "Bride Wars" production to "The Surrogates" there was a lot less of a inconvenience.

Disney doesn't own South Street and they should be more considerate of the people around them.

Fornya said...

Inconvenience? Trust me, if someone tried to stop me from getting to my car/T/bike/bus/whatever after a long, hard day of work I wouldn't be griping. I'd be swinging.

Interruptions do not make my life more interesting. Time is a commodity that can be neither bought, sold nor refunded. I want to get home without any undue burden (save by an act of God), and if a movie production becomes that undue burden, there will be shoving.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but renting out a few lofts on a street doesn't give you carte blanche to set up a toll booth or, better yet, a velvet rope that prevents people to go to their job or home.

j g said...

I lived in L.A. for a couple years and came to know the sight of a filming notice in your neighborhood was a thing of dread
Its not just rthe inconvenience itself- but the fact that most of the film crews/ P.A.'s I had to deal with were complete a-holes about it- 'petulant' would be a polite way to put their demands

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